Milan Kundera has written that, “Ideology wants to convince us that truth is absolute. A novel shows you that everything is relative.” How does his fiction reflect this belief?
The form of Kundera’s novels is not only unusual but also distinctive. What is that form and what does it add to or detract from the experience of reading his work?
How do Kundera’s works treat sexuality and relations between men and women?
Kundera is often described as a comic writer. What kinds of comedy does his work contain?
How important are politics to Kundera’s artistic vision and/or a reader’s response to his writing?
Kundera has described “the spirit of Prague” as involving “An extraordinary sense of the real. The common man’s point of view. History from below. A provocative simplicity. A genius for the absurd. Humor with infinite pessimism.” How does his work display, or not display, this spirit?
Kundera often places a version of himself in his fiction, as a first-person narrator or as a character. What effects does he achieve by doing this?
What elements of fiction—plot, character, setting, language, narrative voice, and theme—seem to be most important in Kundera’s work?
Kundera has said that, “The novel’s spirit is the spirit of continuity; each work is an answer to previous ones.” With which previous work(s) does one of his novels seem to be in conversation?